The Spanish operator Banda Ancha S.A. (Basa) has made an agreement with Ericsson for delivery and deployment of a $36.2 million nationwide broadband wireless network.
Ericsson will execute the agreement in three phases over two years. The first phase will be completed in February 2001, and the final phase is expected to be completed by the end of 2002.
“We expect to have our infrastructure ready in 22 cities by February,” said Aldo Russo, managing director of Basa.
The Ericsson Beewip solution offers operators very rapid and cost-effective deployment of new broadband services, such as Internet access, e-mail, web browsing, voice over IP, and LAN interconnection.
Banda Ancha, S.A. is owned by the ALÓ 2000 consortium created in November 1999 to bid for a wireless local loop license, which was awarded in March in the 3.5 GHz frequency band. The consortium is made up of the Spanish operator ALÓ (30%), the Dutch broadband communications company UPC (30%), industry services company Dragados (20%) and Spanish electricity utility Hidrocantábrico (20%).